The current Junction City High School was built in 1958 and has seen five major additions since it was initially constructed, providing a place for learning in Geary County for nearly 60 years. Not only has the school provided a place for learning, but it has also become a training center for the community’s future nurses, police officers, firefighters, auto technicians, chefs, educators, and more. Over half a century after its construction, providing the best education possible to area students now comes with facility challenges. These challenges include educational challenges such as science classrooms too small for today’s biotechnology needs, culinary arts rooms are not adequate for requirements, the auditorium is not designed for the current population, no central location for key services, and 9th graders were moved to FSA due to space needs. Infrastructure needs include HVAC system being out of date, plumbing systems are aged, the technology backbone is outdated, asbestos challenges when remodeling, ADA compliance issues, and an outdated fire alarm system.
In 2016, the Board of Education approved to move forward and explore a fiscally responsible and long-term solution to address the significant challenges that the current Junction City High School building is facing in areas of infrastructure and academics. Members of the community were empowered to assist in determining the best way forward. This diverse committee had the responsibility of looking for the best long-term and fiscally responsible solution for the Geary County Schools community.
For more information on the proposed new Junction City High School bond visit the JCHS Way Forward section of connectED.